Letters: General practice a less attractive prospect

Reading Dr Rachel Stone's letter (GP, 21 November), I am shocked to see such a high percentage of newly-qualified GPs from her VTS having to settle for locum work.

In the three-and-a-half years since I qualified, I have been working as a salaried GP in the same job and, in the traditionalist way, feel the time is right to apply for partnership.

However, the GP landscape is very different in view from August 2005, and as well as there being many fewer partnership opportunities, the opportunities for salaried GPs to learn the non-clinical side of general practice are very poor.

Whereas previously a partnership may have helped nurture a salaried GP in aspects related to finance, business and personnel management with a view to welcoming them into the fold, these features now remain mysterious, which perpetuates the feeling of a two-tier system - the 'us and them' of salaried GPs and partners.

Applying for a potential partnership vacancy without a grounding in management matters leaves the applicant at a disadvantage - and although theoretical processes can be gleaned from literature and from other colleagues, this fails to cover the nitty-gritty of day-to-day practice matters.

Teaching undergraduates and FY2s, I am often asked whether I would recommend a career in general practice.

Three-and-a-half years ago I would have said 'probably'; now 'almost certainly not'.

Dr Barney Tinsley, GP35 panel member, Bradford.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Free coronavirus news and resources on GPonline, MIMS and MIMS Learning

Free coronavirus news and resources on GPonline, MIMS and MIMS Learning

As the coronavirus crisis continues, we at Haymarket are constantly seeking new ways...

Quarter of GPs self isolating for coronavirus as Hancock promises 100,000 tests a day

Quarter of GPs self isolating for coronavirus as Hancock promises 100,000 tests a day

Around one in four GPs are self isolating - many of them unnecessarily - as frontline...

Cashflow fears for locums as government relaxes 10-week pension rule

Cashflow fears for locums as government relaxes 10-week pension rule

Locums will have longer to declare pensionable income under plans to relax a 10-week...

More than 6,000 GPs in second wave of doctors given temporary GMC registration

More than 6,000 GPs in second wave of doctors given temporary GMC registration

More than 6,000 GPs who have retired or no longer hold a licence to practise are...

Updated PHE advice on PPE backs eye protection for GPs

Updated PHE advice on PPE backs eye protection for GPs

GPs should wear eye protection in addition to a mask, gloves and apron when providing...

Repurpose industry now to tackle PPE shortage, says doctors' union

Repurpose industry now to tackle PPE shortage, says doctors' union

UK industry should be 'immediately repurposed' to produce personal protective equipment...